Muslim Workers Get Religious Freedom… but Christian Workers Don’t

The following is from the Live Trucking website:

“Two Muslim truck drivers who refused to transport alcohol were recently awarded $240,000 by an Illinois judge, according to a press release by the EEOC.

“Truck drivers Mahad Abass Mohammed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale were fired from Illinois-based Star Transport back in 2009 after they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs.

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“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the carrier on behalf of the drivers, alleging religious discrimination and wrongful termination.

“On October 20th, after 45 minutes of deliberation, a federal jury ruled in favor of the EEOC and the drivers. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Shadid ordered Star Transport to pay $240,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.”

Without going into the merits of the case, I find it interesting that people with certain religious convictions are permitted to exercise those religious convictions in a workplace environment.

Surely these two Muslim men knew that Star Transport hauled alcohol. Knowing this, why did they apply for a job?

Let’s compare this judgment by a government agency to bakers who refused to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. The bakers did not refuse to bake cakes; they only refused to bake cakes that included a message…

 

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